Cold Water Cowboys premiere one of Discovery’s biggest, network says

Published on February 27, 2014
Conway Caines stands in front of the Seadoo and its crew at Cow Head. — Submitted promo photo

Tuesday night’s premiere of Cold Water Cowboys was the third-highest series premiere in Discovery’s history, the network said in a news release.

“Cold Water Cowboys is a true Canadian adventure,” said Edwina Follows, Discovery’s director of commissioning.

“Discovery is thrilled that more than a million Canadians tuned in and hope that audiences from coast-to-coast-to-coast continue to check in with the fisherman fraternity for the next nine weeks.”

The Canadian-made, 10-part series by Paperny Entertainment follows six Newfoundland fishing captains and their crews through a fishing season on the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

En route to the fishing grounds, the crews contend with rough seas, equipment failure, pack ice and icebergs.

The series features Capt. Paul Tiller and crew of Valleyfield, Bonavista Bay; Richard Gillett and crew of Twillingate; Conway and Rick Caines and crew of Cow Head; Justin Bridger and crew of Carmanville; Donald Spence and crew from Port au Choix; and Todd Young and crew of Woody Point.

The premiere showed three of the crews going after crab and caplin, and overcoming a number of obstacles while in pursuit of their catch.

Tiller’s boat broke a stabilizer, Gillett’s crew had to work the boat through pack ice and had to deal with gear getting tangled with that of another boat, and Conway and Rick Caines and crew of Cow Head found a shark in their caplin seine having to release much of the catch to free the shark so it wouldn’t puncture the gear.

The series also captures beautiful Newfoundland scenery and the harsh ocean environment.